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Each week, credit expert Eva Norlyk Smith answers questions from readers. Please note that it may not always be possible to answer every question or respond to individual inquiries.


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When should you ask for a credit limit increase?

Regularly asking your bank for credit limit increases should be part of an overall strategy to build a great credit score over time ...

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Are rewards cards really that rewarding?

Here's what you need to know to make sure you get the most out of those rewards earnings

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Credit history starts anew when you move to U.S.

Foreign residents often find that they have to start from scratch building a credit history and credit score. Here are a few tips to help speed up the process

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Should I get rid of my secured credit card?

Secured credit cards are not a great option as a long-term credit strategy. Here's what to look for in your next credit card

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How do I stop those credit card offers?

With a little time and patience, it's easy to stop the flow of credit card offers into your mailbox. Here's how

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Will student loans hurt my credit?

What are the effects of student loan debt on your credit rating, and what can it do to your chances of getting a loan on a house or condo?

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4 questions to ask before opening a store card

Getting 10 percent off your purchase can be tantalizing, but before opening a store credit card to get that discount, consider the indirect costs

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Keep points when canceling travel rewards card

If you're not careful, you could lose rewards earnings when closing a travel rewards card. But with a little advance planning, there are many ways to avoid this

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The best (and worst) reason to get credit cards

It's flattering to be courted by credit card issuers. But don't apply for the first offer that hits your mailbox. There are plenty of good reasons to apply for a card ... there are plenty of bad reasons, too

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